Is your child experiencing developmental delays and your doctor can’t tell you why?
Whether it’s no intellectual progression, speech problems, slow movement, hand wringing, or something else – a genetic factor may be an underlying cause.
Find out if your child’s symptoms may be linked to a genetic disorder by taking our assessment below and start taking control of your loved one’s medical journey.
Key characteristics and other common symptoms of delays
Some children develop normally for months or years and then falter, with their development slowing down, stopping, or sometimes even going backwards. Key characteristics can include:
Not crawling, rolling over, or walking when they are supposed to
Not babbling or learning new words to talk
Does not actively reach for objects
Getting frustrated or aggressive due to inability to progress
May not make eye contact or respond to their name
May also have seizures and speech delay
Global developmental delay (significant delay in two or more developmental domains: gross and fine motor, speech and language, cognition, personal and social development, or activities of daily living)
Causes and diseases
Potential causes and diseases associated with delays
Several factors can contribute to delays:
Alcohol or drug use during pregnancy
Physical abuse or neglect
Dysarthria (problems with muscles controlling speech)
An underlying genetic factor
Conditions or rare genetic diseases associated with delays:
Conditions such as Autism, Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders (ADHD)
Chromosomal disorders such as Down Syndrome or Fragile X Syndrome
Early intervention and treatment are key when addressing any type of delay.
Tired of not getting answers? AmbitCare is here to help you
One in three people with developmental delays and seizures not controlled by medicine have underlying genetic causes. AmbitCare provides free genetic services and 1:1 support. Take our assessment at the top of the page to find out if your child qualifies.
Please note that AmbitCare provides this information for the benefit of the rare disease community. AmbitCare is not a medical provider nor a health care facility. AmbitCare can neither diagnose any disease or disorder nor endorse or recommend any specific medical treatments. Individuals must rely on the personal and individualized medical advice of their qualified health care professionals before seeking any information related to their particular diagnosis, cure, or treatment of a condition or disorder.